Cheap article writers who don't make mistakes? Is the best option hiring a proof reader?

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I've been searching for a team of writers who can write for about $1 / 100 words (or less) who don't make mistakes! Obviously the majority of writers in that price bracket are non native.
So:

Is it possible to get high quality non native article writers? (the best i've found was '**********' on here - the best i've found, but the articles still had over 60 mistakes in each!)

OR

Is it possible to get native writers for this price?

OR

Is it possible to hire a native proof reader (or a very, very good non-native) cheaply?

OR

Is there another option?

Any help welcomed

Tim
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  • Profile picture of the author LondonPaladin
    You get what you pay for. If you want to spend 1buck per 100 words then expect some mistakes. People who don't make those mistakes charge more.
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    • Profile picture of the author batchos
      That's a myth!

      Originally Posted by LondonPaladin View Post

      You get what you pay for. If you want to spend 1buck per 100 words then expect some mistakes. People who don't make those mistakes charge more.
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  • Profile picture of the author GhWriter
    I totally agree. most writers that actually take pride in their work will charge what they are worth. know the value of what you are asking for.

    I have prospects contact me wanting to know if I will research and write for next to nothing. It takes time, and work to do all that. have you even tried doing it youself? if so then you should realize how much work it takes to create good content.

    I know people are always looking to save a buck, but you have to make a choice. Paying more will bring you in more in the long run.

    Also, I guarantee you that most of those $5 articles spend maybe 5 minutes on research ( if that long). I wont say all of them are,(that would be impossible to prove) but I would say that most of them are just copying what they see on ezine articles, or by a quick google search. Hire a writer that will actually research and write original content.

    Why pay more?

    There are many other good writers here who will probably agree with this, and the marketers who have done it will see the truth as well.

    A higher quality article will do more to bring you traffic than low quality. Also, they will convert better to sales.

    Everything that you post online brands your business. Do you want to be branded for providing quality or crap?

    I know by your post that you are looking for quality, but you have to be willing to pay for it. Personally, I know my grammar sucks big time. When I write, I go more for a conversational tone, but I still make sure it reads well. I also pay a proofreader to make sure that the major mistakes are covered. however, sometimes we will argue over grammar vs. conversation, but in the end, we wind up with some really great content. I always pass along the price for her work to my customers.

    I have actually had several of my clients get mad at me for not charging enough, so why would I take less when there are plenty of people who see the value in my work?
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    • Profile picture of the author George185
      I do a lot of writing online and the name of the game is definitely your hourly rate. If I am only making $5 for a 500 word article you can bet research and proofreading go out the window. I need to get that article written in 15 minutes to make it worth my time. I generally don't make too many spelling mistakes, but the quality of the work suffers greatly. If you need cheap articles you could always proofread and edit them yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author tim_reeves
    Thanks for the informative replys! If i was to hire a proof reader, where would i get one from that's not ridiculously expensive?
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  • Profile picture of the author Alfred Shelver
    I believe there are good article writers at that price many of whom are trying to gain a reputation. I think the minimum requirement of any person writing articles no matter what price they charge is ezine acceptance guaranteed.

    If you get over 60 mistakes I think you should ask for a refund personally (What type of mistakes?). Many people think only first world counties are native English speaking you forget England conquered allot of countries, and some places $8 an hour is a great salary and 2 very good researched articles in an hour is not difficult.
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  • Profile picture of the author GhWriter
    I understand what you are saying nashelver, and I agree you can find them, but it is more rare. When i started freelancing I was doing $5 articles myself, and I got a great response. within a week I was up to $10/article and still building new clients.

    a Good article can be researched and written in about an hour, a great article can be done in 2.

    Personally, I don't make any guarantees of acceptance anywhere. I don't promise anything that is outside my control. People who guarantee rankings, traffic, acceptance or other things on sites that they have no control over are scamming people in my opinion.

    I do let people know that I have a high acceptance rate. (EZA for example over 500 articles with only 1 rejection and that is just my own account.) however, I cannot promise that another site will do anything. i cannot even promise that they will be in business tomorrow, so how can I promise that they will accept anything?

    Back to the OP now,

    I would recommend searching on Google, check out Elance, or other freelancing sites, and look in the for hire section here to see if anyone is offering proofreading services.

    Personally, my proofreader is an old friend of the family who I know and trust. She is a retired English teacher, so I know she is good at what she does.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alfred Shelver
      Thanks good points.

      You were most probably a writer or an English major of some sorts at that point when charging $10. Many of us know we can write well, but need experience and feedback to prove this so being paid even if its minimal is a great way to gain experience and a reputation.

      I understand what you say about guaranteeing something out of your control but look at your example only 1 in 500 refunds, and its doubtful your client would have even asked for that refund.

      I think a money back guarantee for something out of your control if you are willing to give a refund is not a scam just confidence in your skills.

      I don't think that anyone should accept any quality below what was expected and promised no matter the price charged

      Originally Posted by GhWriter View Post

      I understand what you are saying nashelver, and I agree you can find them, but it is more rare. When i started freelancing I was doing $5 articles myself, and I got a great response. within a week I was up to $10/article and still building new clients.

      a Good article can be researched and written in about an hour, a great article can be done in 2.

      Personally, I don't make any guarantees of acceptance anywhere. I don't promise anything that is outside my control. People who guarantee rankings, traffic, acceptance or other things on sites that they have no control over are scamming people in my opinion.

      I do let people know that I have a high acceptance rate. (EZA for example over 500 articles with only 1 rejection and that is just my own account.) however, I cannot promise that another site will do anything. i cannot even promise that they will be in business tomorrow, so how can I promise that they will accept anything?

      Back to the OP now,

      I would recommend searching on Google, check out Elance, or other freelancing sites, and look in the for hire section here to see if anyone is offering proofreading services.

      Personally, my proofreader is an old friend of the family who I know and trust. She is a retired English teacher, so I know she is good at what she does.
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      • Profile picture of the author Gail_Curran
        Fixing 60 mistakes in an article isn't "proofreading." It's rewriting or copyediting.
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    • Profile picture of the author tamilseo
      Originally Posted by GhWriter View Post

      Personally, I don't make any guarantees of acceptance anywhere. I don't promise anything that is outside my control. People who guarantee rankings, traffic, acceptance or other things on sites that they have no control over are scamming people in my opinion.
      Don't call them they are scamming people, they simply rewrite the article again to suit for ezine article. Getting acceptance in ezine article is not very hard. That is why they are offering guarantee.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Thompson
    I am hiring writers in the Philippines and I typically pay 300 per month or higher for a full time writer who can do at least 4 good articles of 500 words per day.

    What do you consider a mistake? I'm a very good writer and I make mistakes! We need to have people proofread our work to correct mistakes. If you have two writers you can have them proof each other's work.

    Anyway 300 per month is 14 bucks per day approximately. For 2000 words that is less than your budget.

    The trick, as Alexa said, is in hiring and training them. The key to training is to have them think you simply won't proof read any of their work and that you expect them to triple check it. Then it comes back clean. Every so often read it, find any errors and remind them you need them to be extra careful. Be nice!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Grant
    My writer is an American, college educated, and has books published under him.

    What does he charge? $5 for 500 words.
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      • Profile picture of the author BrittyBritt
        Yes, it is possible to find writers that are willing to write $1/100 words or on avg of $5 per article (500 words or so). However, don't be surprise if the "relationship" doesn't last very long.

        Why?

        1. The money is not worth their time. Many writers (good writers that is) will take the time to do research on an article before they begin to write. Then comes the writing, re-writing, proofreading, re-writing some more and so on until the article meets their satisfaction.

        Needless to say, if this process takes more than an hour, its simply not worth the $5, especially for if the native English speaker is from a country like the US, Canada, UK, etc. $5 will not take you very far. And that usually leads to...

        2. Burn-out. There's many reasons why people get "burnt out" but putting so much effort into something and getting so little pay back in return, is probably one of the main reasons. This causes the person to get frustrated,tired,or just plain fed-up.

        Or they find out....

        3. I can make more money writing articles for myself.

        This is exactly what happened to me. I was one of those $5 article writers. I would do research, write the article, re-write, proofread, etc. And then I would get a whooping $5 in my PayPal account.

        Yeah, I got burnt out real quick.

        My point is, value quality over quantity. Chances are you will not get a good article (let alone a great article) for $5. And if you do, the writer will probably not write for you for very long.

        But then again, this is just my experience, your mileage may vary.
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        • Profile picture of the author ELVISTHEPELVIS
          You may get lucky if you keep searching. I'm sure that there are some out there.
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          • Profile picture of the author Tina Golden
            It is very possible to get error proof writing at $1/100 words. Or at least, rare errors because as someone said above, none of us are perfect.

            Those who will say that you can't get that are usually writers who charge more than that. Heck, I know that I charge more than that!

            Sorry, but just because an article is grammatically correct does not mean that it's a good article. But if you are only looking for filler content that doesn't have a lot of substance or style to it, then why pay more?

            But I also know some pretty decent writers that do charge as little as a penny per word. What I have found, though, is that the content is either as described in the last paragraph or the writer is either not very versatile or just plain lousy at marketing themselves.

            The problems are two-fold when it comes to hiring these diamonds in the rough. First, it almost always takes a lot of trial and error to find someone halfway decent at that rate. Second, once you do find them, don't count on keeping them. Most will either burn out on the work or figure out that they can make more elsewhere.

            It ends up being a constant battle to find and retain these writers. Plus you have to factor in the time training them to suit your needs.

            If you want a great writer, you will need to pay more. If you want an okay writer, you can get away with it but be prepared for the problems mentioned.

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  • Profile picture of the author NicoleBeckett
    Paying $5 for a 500 word article is going to leave you with content that's full of mistakes. Period. The people that charge this amount are either not very smart, not native English speakers, or think they can do 10-20 articles in a hour to make a ton of money at that price. Either way, you're going to end up with mistakes.

    I'm one of the article writers who also offers editing/proofreading services. There are some people who would rather pay peanuts for the original content, then pay me to edit it - and they know they're going to get good results. For me, I spent years as the lead script editor in our newsroom, so I'm used to fixing bad writing quickly
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  • Profile picture of the author lacraiger
    i'm looking for SUPREME gas at $1/gallon... can anybody tell me where to get SUPREME gas at that price? thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Mitzie
    I prefer to pay more and get an experience writer that can research and proof their work. It cost more upfront but it is worth it to me.
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  • Profile picture of the author myeanne
    I know a company who offers $1/100 words article. If you could provide your contact details that would be great. However, you still need to be careful and ask for samples, client references and other requirements that you will need for your project.
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  • Profile picture of the author timpears
    There is someone who advertises in the Warrior Classifieds forum that offers $0.99 per hundred words. I have never used them and don't know how good they are, but they have been advertising there for a long time. I would guess that you can see by their responses that they are decent. Otherwise their ad would be gone by now.

    http://www.warriorforum.com/warriors...light=articles

    Or;

    http://www.warriorforum.com/warriors...light=articles
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Thompson
    Guys and gals - I'll say it again. The only way to get high quality writing for the price asked by the OP is to hire yourself a writer in a place such as the Philippines.

    I've DEFINITELY been convinced that you can get very solid writing there for a bargain price. It's all relative to the average income in the country they live in.

    I had a writer who, until he had to return to school, was cranking out SOLID content that was pretty much error free. He was young and willing to work for $300 per month.

    It's all possible. But you need to recruit carefully.
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    Originally Posted by tim_reeves View Post

    I've been searching for a team of writers who can write for about $1 / 100 words (or less) who don't make mistakes!
    I've been trying to poop rainbows!
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  • Profile picture of the author Victoralexon
    Check out Fiverr, there are a lot of article writers there and the quality tends to be quite high for quite a cheap price.
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  • Profile picture of the author Corelliz
    Hi Tim

    Are you still looking for a cheap, but good proofreader? I'm an experienced freelance editor/proofreader and native English speaker (born in the UK, now living in NZ) and may be able to help you.

    I can't offer dirt cheap rates, but I can offer a very good rate with a guarantee of perfect copy.

    Email me if you're interested and/or let me know what you think a good rate is for a 'cheap but good' proofreader

    My email is lizjohns1[at]gmail.com

    Cheers
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